March 20, 2011
Softball Comes Back To Defeat Buffalo, 7-6, In 11th Inning
Clearwater, Fla. - Junior Christy
Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) scored the game-winning run as the
Quinnipiac University softball team defeated Buffalo, 7-6, in the
bottom of the 11th inning. With the win, the Bobcats
improve to 13-11 and end tournament play in Clearwater, Fla., while
the Bulls fall to 5-19 on the year.
Junior pitcher Heather
Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) struck out nine batters
and allowed four hits and two runs across nine innings for the
Bobcats, while Mina
Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) pitched two innings for
Cabrera led the Bobcats as she went 2-5 with two runs scored and an
additional two RBI. Second baseman Jacqueline
Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) went 3-5 with a run scored, while
Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) contributed two hits, scored one run and
picked up a RBI.
Buffalo took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as
Alexandra Bejarano and Alyssa Ward each scored a run for the Bulls.
In the bottom of the second, Quinnipiac's Kim
Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) led off with a double to left
Sini (Elgin, Texas) came in to pinch run for Brzezinski and
advanced to third on a Jessica
Amenda (Milford, Mass.) sacrifice bunt. Joelle
Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) reached first on a Holly Johnson
error, driving in Sini for the Bobcats' first run of the game.
Buffalo added two runs in the top of the third to increase its lead
by three runs, 4-1. Quinnipiac responded with a run in the bottom
of the third on an Alba single to right field, driving in Cabrera
who reached base on a walk.
The Bobcats entered the bottom of the seventh down by two runs,
4-2. Quinnipiac's Ristow reached first on a Bulls error and
advanced to third on an Alba double to right field. Duffy hit a
double up the middle, driving in Alba and Ristow to tie the game at
four runs apiece.
The score remained tied at 4-4 until the 10th inning
when the Bulls' Bejarano drove in Kristin Waldron with a single
down the left-field line, placing Buffalo ahead by one run, 5-4.
Quinnipiac matched the Bulls' run when Alex
Murray (Milford, Mass.) doubled up the middle to drive in Kortney
Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) in the bottom of the
10th, to keep the Bobcats alive.
After Buffalo added another run in the top of the 11th,
Quinnipiac came back yet again, this time scoring two runs to take
the win in the bottom of the 11th. After Jacobsen
advanced to third on a Lauren
Salgado (Covina, Calif.) sac bunt, Cabrera tripled to right
field, driving in Jacobsen and herself for the game-winning
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Connecticut in its first
home game of the 2011 season on Thursday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. The
game will be played at the Quinnipiac Softball Field in Hamden,